This student accommodation is pretty neat in design and was carried out by French firm olgga architects and it was named “Crou” not sure of the meaning. But the shipping container housing for students is well thought out and a good example of stacking containers to maximise their potential as homes. You can see the shipping containers at Le Havre, France.
The housing design doesn’t seem so bold or obtrusive for the neighbourhood. The use of exterior green also makes it seem more friendly and inviting.
The shipping container house plans look very practical and maximise the space without seeming to make the studio’s feel small.
Upcycle Living who are based in Phoenix are looking to bring the affordable budget shipping container housing to the mass market. They produced a 2 bedroom home at a green street fair in Phoenix and already the orders began to roll in. Although still not cheap at around $100,000 but demand and interest still seems readily available.
The basic 2 bedroom home was 1,280 square feet built by utilising four fourty foot shipping containers. The exterior wasn’t modified to allow people to see the home was in fact shipping containers. In the future the addition of solar panels and a shade screen are already on the cards. Inside recycled hardwood floors as well as sustainable bamboo kitchen cabinets keep the home in keeping with the green feel.
The other side of the concept is the saving of around at least 2/3rds on traditional building methods which for people taking on mortgages could be a huge chunk of change saved.
The other positive out of this home design is they have kept with the original stackable use of the shipping containers which also makes it faster and easier to construct with compared to fancy designs some architects go for. I quite like this design to be honest as its practical and shows what can be done to make a container a home.
Not the greatest of videos showing construction of shipping container homes but more to do with the fact its going mainstream and cost affective. Previously modular structure housing based on the same dimensions as shipping containers has been used for years for things likes classrooms,doctors surgeries,morgues,hotels but its only in recent years have we start to see it leaking into the general public developments and even more importantly starting to gain recognition for its viable use as low-cost housing.
I think the shipping container is an odd beast when it comes to the excess the West has had on imports from the East at the same time not only is it part of the problem stacked up in ports as a symbol of excess but also its part of the solution if developed into housing because it takes a minimalist concept for most home developers.
In reality we see the collapse of economies riddled with debt right now yet the solution always comes back to “stop spending!” there is no easy fix. Shipping container homes are a home you can’t clutter up with a TV in every room as often you only have one room. You don’t buy new furniture every year as generally you find things that suit “you” not the fashion trends and just generally the shipping container home pushes the fact we are living in a world of excess that we really don’t need.
When I am working in the UK I literally have two bags with me which is my work gear, laptop and casual clothes pretty much that’s it besides the vehicle I use. I live for up to 8 months of the year like that I don’t starve, I don’t run out of things to do but what happens is I am surprisingly mobile and have a lot of excess income because I don’t buy things I don’t need.
It was living like this that put me into minimal living and the shipping container homes as simply its achievable not only for me but many other people who know how to use the environment around them. Sitting out gazing at the stars instead of sat in the house watching a soap opera. Spending time dining out with friends instead of eating a microwave meal in the kitchen.
I personally think the excess shipping containers that are now starting to dwindle away in areas due to the rise of container housing and other uses as well as reduced surplus is a good thing long term if people start changing their habits. As a child I remember one TV in the house and generally I spent a lot of time with my family, as I grew older though I spent my time in my bedroom, my brothers in theirs, my sister in hers and my parents in the sitting room. If anything the excess of current living has divided the family and its about time things started to function again as a family unit and I am sure shipping container home families are no doubt happier than many others out there in normal homes purely because of the way they choose to live outside the box and not be driven by consumerism and do take the time to spend life in the outdoors as well as an affordable home.
Not our usual typical shipping container home but the residence of Claude Lord a former Canadian Forces soldier. The image and story about Claude came to light in a Montreal newspaper because of the issues of Claude getting his military pension that he is entitled to. It was the involvement of a local businessman that helped Claude back onto his feet although today he is still far from life changing except for the ability to collect his $1,200 cheque every month. Veterans Affairs Canada and social workers regularly meet Claude as they try to assist him into finding a normal residence as although I personally am into shipping container housing this isn’t exactly the situation I would ever want to find someone in. The neighbourhood where the container resides has working prostitutes, thieves and also the container itself isn’t insulated and after 7 years nearly all of them in the container Claude has decided to call it a day and find a more appropriate home.
The interesting part of the story though is that Scully someone who works near the container helped Claude work through six months of paperwork to get access to the pension including going to appoints and meetings across town. Scully’s main concern that now all the paperwork side is done and Claude is on the way to an improved life what about other veterans who are in the same situation saying “"Does a homeless person have a Day timer (for keeping track of appointments)? Does he have an alarm clock? Does he have electricity? Does he have a telephone? Does he have bus fare? Is he hung over at 8 o’clock in the morning?”
Claude was discharged from the army in 1979 but wasn’t eligible at the time for a pension due to only serving four and a half years with the First Field Engineers at CFB Valcartier, Que. Scully discovered the requirements had changed though some time ago and this was how helping Claude get his pension came about. Claude suffers with post-traumatic-stress disorder that resulted from an explosion in 1977 which has left him with reoccurring nightmares every day of the events that day which seen two other soldiers killed and several wounded constantly replaying in his mind. He was still a young 19 year old back then and had been working on a bridge at the base when they heard a large explosion. They helped the injured cross the water including one person who had lost their arm.
"It was disgusting _ one of them didn’t have a head,” Lord recalled.
"The boat was full of blood. I’m sorry, but I wasn’t used to that sort of thing.”
The issues in Canada relating to the homeless sounds very similar to one in the UK where there is a huge amount of ex service personnel living rough often with mental issues caused by things they have seen during their service time. I just wish there was more highlighted about the problem to help people be able to help themselves as well as get the treatment many need.
Its still something that is being debated on the practicalities of using shipping containers as homes. At the same time showing some of the benefits of shipping container housing can hopefully answer some of those questions.
First thing is excess to requirements, they are easy to come by and not hard to find ports full of them and at a cheaper price than traditional construction methods would cost for a similar structure building block.
In international shipping the shipping containers are cheap to come by due to having a short life expectancy for shipping often only a few years, unless your living somewhere like the Philippines where I have seen containers still in daily use from the 80s!
By design they are made to resist harsh seas and oceans and this gives not only a strong building structure but also an anti corrosive structure avoiding the salt air. The strong reinforced floors with marine glade plywood or timbers, vandal proof robust doors as well as weather resistant paint make it a hardy building block.
Modular construction use is also something that is important as you can build a home in phases with a bit of planning adding shipping containers as your budget allows.
These are but a few of the positive reasons shipping containers make great homes but lets not stop there, searching through ContainerLiving.net you will see many other uses from doctors surgeries to schools and even radio stations. Then add to that the emergency housing aspect allowing moving containers around the world to disaster zones or construct on site as well as being able to construct entire villages in a short time period make the shipping container not only a single based solution but a multi functional concept for many of the worlds problems.
As you know I am keen to get shipping container housing off the ground in the Philippines and there is only one word I can describe as causing a problem “greed”. Many of the containers here have actually got dates on them from the 1970s yet locally they are still asking the price nearer that of one just manufactured. If you take into account I had already agreed prices locally to then find that they realised what we were doing here they suddenly jumped in price by 60% without any reason except to extort extra money. Its hindered the development at the same time it has also thrown up opportunity as constructing modular sections instead of a full container will work out cheaper but also means the side walls can be adapted to exactly what is needed rather than having to work round the container walls.
What am I talking about? well if you take a traditional container the wall steel isn’t the most pleasing to the eye as well as heavy. The main doors aren’t needed in many containers yet they are the most expensive section. So if you imagine drawing a rectangle with a pencil and the lines are the exterior frame that is the module I am looking to start with. Instead of cutting and patching it will be brand new units specifically built for the task of modular homes. The way I see it is that people are wanting P140,000 for a 40ft container that was originally used in the mid 80s needing some repairs as well as cutting, insulating and developing into a home. A blank canvas module makes it a lot easier as the walling for example can be slotted in pre constructed with steel exterior, foam insulation and an interior wall in each section dropping them in one by one. Its all new and also more mobile due the weight reduction in parts needed. Won’t be stackable to the same heights as original containers due to the design. Only two modules high but for most tasks and the beach huts this is perfect. In fact a two layer beach hut with the bedroom on the top floor would make a nice addition.
As i was checking my plants recently that we are growing inside drainage pipe I came across an idea that would make a lot of sense for the side of shipping container homes. One of the reasons people get put off with the idea as a home is down to the steel external walls yet if you set up plastic pipe with plants that will hang down or even extend out around 1ft onto a trellis before growing down the trellis you could end up with a natural cooling affect that also may reduce the needs/costs of insulation. Currently I haven’t tried it as the tomato plants we are currently growing are still going up and haven’t started to hang downwards. Their location offers them up to a 6ft drop if they will grow that much as well as in full sunlight which tells me that other plants could be used for the purpose of natural cooling on a shipping container as well as using the trellis space for a cool sitting area as air should flow along inside between the trellis and container wall.
Part of the shipping container housing we are looking to do is to encourage others to get involved and DIY (do it yourself!) which is why this project has come up which is basically we supply “SECONDHAND” containers at P60,000 each now these have been used and will be battered in some way no doubt but you have to remember your cladding over the exterior/interior and on top of that they were designed for ship travelling in some of the worst conditions on the planet. Doesn’t mean they are going to be battered to death but it does mean that your buying a pretty indestructible module if you take care of it. Rust issues will be minimalized due to the type of steel involved and like most things its all about preparation rather than finish.
So if your looking for a 20ft container they are P60,000+ delivery we also provide 40ft but due to the road conditions within Cebu I would recommend buying 2 20ft and welding them together as getting a truck with HIAB (crane) is possible or even using a forklift or backhoe to unload and move to final destination where as using 40ft containers the issues become more complex.